Posted: 11:25 am Friday, June 20th, 2014

Karen Handel’s next step: Boosting female candidates at ShePAC 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — Consider this a sign that Karen Handel plans to remain plenty active in politics after her third place finish in the U.S. Senate race. Georgia’s former Secretary of State is joining the advisory board of ShePAC, a national group boosting conservative female candidates for office, and a supporter of her Senate bid.

From Handel this morning:

While I won’t be on the ballot this November, I am going to continue to work hard to elect strong, conservative women across America. That’s why I’m honored to let you know that I’m joining the Advisory Board of ShePAC – a national organization dedicated to supporting and electing conservative women.

We have some work to do here in Georgia and across America. ShePAC is making a difference by helping to elect conservative women like Joni Ernst in Iowa, Mia Love in Utah, Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire, Elise Stefanik in New York, and others. Joni Ernst’s overwhelming victory in Iowa showed just how much can be achieved when we, as conservative women, are united.

Women are the majority of the voters in this country. It’s time for the voices of conservative women to rise up in unison and be heard.

ShePAC was a strong supporter of my campaign, and I’m proud to have this chance to do my part to help other conservative women. So, let’s work together as we head into November and do all we can to elect more conservative women!

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In other female conservative news, Atlanta Tea Party Patriots’ Debbie Dooley endorsed Rep. Jack Kingston in the Senate runoff. Dooley did not really engage in the Senate primary as she spent her efforts trying unsuccessfully to unseat state House Speaker David Ralston, and she’s been working in Mississippi to boost Chris McDaniel against U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, as well.

Dooley’s endorsement of Kingston comes with a word of concern about businessman David Perdue’s infamous “high school graduate” comments about Handel. From Dooley:

“Jack Kingston has stood with tea party activists and voted against debt ceiling increases and fought hard against Obamacare. I may not agree with every vote Jack Kingston has cast since becoming Congressman, but he has listened to the message that tea party activists began delivering in 2009 and has fought to hold down spending. I feel confident Jack’s door will always be open to conservative activists and he will always be willing to listen to our concerns.

 “I believe that Jack Kingston is the best candidate to defeat Democrat Michelle Nunn.  His opponent’s demeaning remarks about those without college degrees will surely be played repeatedly by the Democrats in campaign ads – much like Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47% came back to haunt him.  We have to have to defeat Michelle Nunn and hold Georgia in the Republican column if Republicans have any hope of taking back the Senate.”

10 comments
Jhank
Jhank

Sarah P and Handel should be running mates in 2016. These rejects deserve each other. However the American People deserve better.

DS
DS

"Joni Ernst’s overwhelming victory in Iowa showed just how much can be achieved when we, as conservative women, are united." --- Karen Handel

Not so fast. Polling on Ernst has consistently showed a reverse gender gap. She polls well with men, but she polls poorly among women.

In the latest poll, Ernst trails Braley by 4 points (40/44), but among women, she trails by 11 points (36/47). Previous polls have shown similar gender gaps.

Ernst was relatively unknown, but she shot to fame with an advertisement about how her experience castrating pigs on a farm would help her cut the pork in Washington. Along with her message about loving to shoot guns, she has won favor with a segment of Iowa men, while apparently losing favor with Iowa women.

Anyway, I don't see how either Handel or ShePAC can take much credit for Ernst's success so far, because it hasn't come from appealing to women voters.

Shar1
Shar1

Jack Kingston is refusing to permit federal money to study gun violence to get out of his subcommittee, so afraid of what facts might come to light that he prefers that this issue, unlike any other, not be investigated to inform policy decisions and save lives.  The guy is taking NRA money in exchange for public safety.  Despicable.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

"It’s time for the voices of conservative women to rise up in unison and be heard."

After we ask our husbands if it's ok, said handel.

Note to handel:  Maybe the fact you came in third is a good indication that your voice was heard.

nick1234
nick1234

Women are the majority of the voters in this country. It’s time for the voices of conservative women to rise up in unison and be heard.


She's right about that. They, also have overwhelmingly rejected much of the conservative philosophy which she stands for, which is why Republicans can't win National Elections.

NWGAL
NWGAL

I wonder if Karen will be as fantastic at ShePAC as she was at Komer.

Kamchak
Kamchak

We have to have to defeat Michelle Nunn and hold Georgia in the Republican column...

Sounds like someone is skeeeeeered of Michelle Nunn.

Just sayin'.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Shar1


In other words, he is a conservative acting like a conservative in his opposition to science. Typical.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak

Afraid of Michelle Nunn? By a 5-6 point margin Georgians are telling pollsters that Karen need not be too concerned:

Kingston 43%; Nunn 37% 

Perdue 43%; Nunn 38%

—Latest poll results from 11Alive News (WXIA-TV). http://tinyurl.com/ouq4e3d

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

... that Karen...

Karen?

First day of that brand new remedial reading comprehension class?